Today, I have for you a shaker card for my cousin's shower gift. Her wedding is an homage to all things autumn: the colors, the leaves, the flowers, the pumpkins, so I wanted to convey that in the shower card. I used Hero Arts's Holiday Petals and Leaves stamp set, which I purchased because I loved the more winter/Christmas-specific images, but ended up loving the fall images, as well.
To begin, I stamped a fair amount of the leaf and acorn images using various Distress Inks onto watercolor paper. I then used deeper shades of those Distress Inks, my paintbrush, and water to add shading and depth to the images, particularly the leaves, as I wanted those to look very autumnal and colorful. I also wanted to have a pumpkin in there, so I drew another pumpkin and colored it with my Zig markers. (I clearly need a stamp set that contains a pumpkin...) I fussy cut all of the images out (definitely not the most fun task...made me wish hard for matching dies) and set them aside. For the sentiment of my card, I used the Wplus9 set Fresh Cut Leaves. I particularly love the combination of fonts used in this set; the calligraphic script font juxtaposed with the classy printed font is so lovely. I stamped it on the card base itself in dark brown ink, then added a couple of stamped leaves from the HA set and an pre-cut acorn in a little cluster in the corner. I then filled up the shaker portion with the fussy cut leaves and some dark brown sequins. The top panel was created with a rectangular panel of card stock from the same cream color (cut at 4 x 5 1/4 in). I then die cut the plain oval from the Avery Elle Sweet Scallops die set. (That die set is crazy useful... I use it on practically everything these days.) I put the pumpkin, some leaves, and some acorns in a swag-like cluster at the bottom of the oval window, making certain to leave plenty of space between the top of my pumpkin and the bottom of the sentiment.
I hope you enjoyed this card! I love the way the leaves look when you shake it up, like leaves floating to the ground in real life.
Back soon with a Christmas card! (I waited until October to begin creating them, and I can wait no longer.) Have a wonderful Thursday, friends!